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Andrew Delfosse Badgery
Australia’s most significant aviation pioneer
by Squadron Leader Peter Badgery and Group Captain Milton Cottee AFC
This excellent biography of Delfosse has been constructed from detailed notes from his diary and recounts his early working life; his travel to England to learn to fly; construction of the first Australian built aircraft; exhibition flying over Sydney and Tasmania; military service in the Middle East with the Australian Flying Corps; instructing in England; and finally, return to Australia.
Delfosse sailed to England in September 1913 to learn to fly at Hendon aerodrome. Flying instruction was conducted with the instructor walking beside the aircraft during the taxiing phase. The pilot flew for the first time conducting very short “flights” at five feet or so above the ground within the boundaries of the airfield. The description of his first flight, a circuit around the airfield, is vividly recounted.
Descriptions of his early flights capture his sense of accomplishment while revealing the dangers of early flight, highlighted during his first cross country flight from Sutton Forrest to Goulbourn. The biography provides a wonderful insight into the blossoming world of flight in single seat, flimsy aircraft that could only get airborne if the wind was gentle and there was little turbulence.
Most Australians have never heard of Andrew Delfosse Badgery. He was a quiet unassuming man who never sought public recognition, and as a result has been largely bypassed with the passage of history. Delfosse is well worthy of public acclamation as a significant Australian aviation pioneer. He was an exciting aviator and the book contains many photographs of his flying exploits. An excellent read.